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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    16 May 2012

Scorching hot weather affects Thai emotions

BANGKOK, May 14 2012

Three-fourths of the Thai capital’s residents responding to a poll said that the ongoing searing hot weather this summer season has affected their emotion, according to results released by a NIDA Poll.
The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) conducted an opinion survey on the people’s feelings related to the scorching hot weather, polling 400 respondents living in the Thai capital, from May 1-11.
The poll indicated that 73 per cent of poll respondents said that the sweltering hot weather has affected their emotions.
In addition, almost 45 per cent of Bangkok residents believed that the sultry weather could easily trigger brawls or quarrels, reasoning that it could make people lose control of themselves, as they are easily agitated with accumulated stress.
Bathing, swimming and applying cooling powder were the most popular methods for people to cool themselves, followed by wandering around in air-conditioned shopping malls, drinking lots of water and having some ice-cold refreshments. Tags (Thailand, Environment, searing hot weather, survey)
Thai Govt under pressure over Rayong industrial estate accidents
BANGKOK, May 15 2012
 The Eastern People’s Network submitted a petition today demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and relevant government agencies transparently release all information related to the two industrial estate chemical accidents at two factories in the eastern province of Rayong and to resolve the problems quickly.

Eastern People's Network coordinator Suthi Atchasai led civil society group members to Government House and then presented the petition to the premier, industry minister, and interior minister via Pol Maj-Gen Thawat Boonfueng, acting secretary general of the PM’s Office.

The civil society network demanded that government and related agencies transparently disclose all information about the explosion and resultant fire at the Bangkok Synthetics Co (BST) petrochemicals factory at Map Ta Phut on May 5 which killed 12 people and the May 6 toxic gas leak at the Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) factory in the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate to the public, citing that a number of victims lost their lives and that others were injured in the two accidents.

In addition, the civil group urged the government and the factories to apply and strictly enforce the National Plan on Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation 2010-2014 (BE 2553-2557), which provides comprehensive compensation for those affected. They called on the government to take legal action against the agencies for negligence of duty.

The network also called for proper town planning management, building a buffer zone between industrial zone and residential area, the inventory of hazardous materials in possession and pollution ventilation. The release of relevant information to the public and local health offices is necessary, the group said, in order to reduce and alleviate the possible impacts on communities, health, assets and environment.

The Eastern People's Network then submitted a petition to Surachai Liengboonlertchai, chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment at Parliament.

Mr Surachai said that the committee would visit the affected areas in Rayong tomorrow for first-hand information from local residents. The committee will invite related agencies to give further information.

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